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  • October 30, 2009

    Using Layoff News to Find Job Openings

    It seems a bit nonsensical, but sometimes a good place to look for a job is with a company that just announced layoffs. That’s the advice from Aleksandra Todorova this week in SmartMoney. Todorova found a number of companies, including employers of scientists and engineers such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sun Microsystems, that had many… Read More
  • October 29, 2009

    A Conversation with Nobel Women

    As a science journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to interview several Nobel prize winners. Such high-profile scientists are usually pretty obsessed with their science and more than happy to talk about it all day. But it’s one thing to ask a Nobel winner to explain how her research fits into our greater understanding of life. Read More
  • October 28, 2009

  • October 27, 2009

    Video Inspiration

    I’m not a subscriber, but I’m an admirer of Make magazine. I love the whole DIY culture, and I’m confident it — Make and DIY culture generally — will plant many seeds that mature into scientists and engineers. Make has just issued a press release promoting a new project. Called Elements of Humanity (and found… Read More
  • Reference Checks Going Deep

    Employers are starting to take reference checks more seriously, often triggering exhaustive investigations of applicants’ backgrounds and character, according to Eve Tahmincioglu, MSNBC’s careers columnist. She likens the process now to guerrilla warfare, where conventional tactics no longer suffice. “Three years ago, if you had a… Read More
  • October 26, 2009

  • October 23, 2009

    Nailing the Video Interview

    If you apply for a job in another city and are among the finalists for the position, don’t be surprised if the employer asks you to take part in a video-conference interview rather than the traditional face-to-face session. Time Magazine this week offers tips to job-hunters who get face time with prospective employers over a… Read More
  • October 20, 2009

    Tips for Finding Consulting Work

    For scientists and engineers between jobs, or for those with jobs but who may have some spare time, consulting work can keep skills sharp and morale high, and put a little coin in your pocket. Finding customers for your consulting practice, however, takes the same professionalism and perseverance as finding a job, Sital Ruparelia explains… Read More
  • October 19, 2009

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